Archive | January, 2013

Edsall: The Hidden Prosperity of the Poor

January 31, 2013

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Is life on the bottom and in the middle better than it seems?

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American Industry Is on the Move

January 31, 2013

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As well-known companies such as GE open factories in the United States and send hopeful signals to the economy, many are wondering: how real is…

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Majority Says the Federal Government Threatens Their Personal Rights

January 31, 2013

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For the first time, a majority of the public says that the federal government threatens their personal rights and freedoms.

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Middle-Aged Adults “Sandwiched” Between Aging Parents and Kids

January 31, 2013

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Nearly half of middle-aged adults have an older parent and are supporting a child. And about one-in-seven are providing financial support to both an aging…

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Public Trust in Government: 1958-2013

January 31, 2013

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Explore public attitudes towards the federal government over time and compare the data with other key national indicators, such as consumer sentiment, the unemployment rate…

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Alive? You are a bed bug magnet

January 31, 2013

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Bed bugs are infiltrating the world and cities like Chicago are imposing $1,000 fines. Infection control specialists offer ten tips on identifying bed bugs.
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Is Obama Out of Step with America on Foreign Policy?

January 31, 2013

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President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address is now history. The limited internationalism highlighted in the speech lacks significant support from the American people, especially those…

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Mercury’s Silent Toll On the World’s Wildlife

January 31, 2013

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Obesity is approaching cigarette smoking as leading avoidable cause of premature deaths worldwide

January 31, 2013

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A new study finds that there has been a systematic underestimation during the last several decades of the hazards of obesity and its contribution to…

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Civil Rights: Revolution or Counterrevolution?

January 31, 2013

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Op-Ed Columnist: It’s the P.Q. and C.Q. as Much as the I.Q.

January 30, 2013

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The Great Inflection has transformed the world over the past decade. Each individual has to adapt.]]>…

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Economic Scene: Energy Tax Is Underused Tool in Climate Change Fight

January 30, 2013

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Americans may have grown more aware of the potential risks of climate change, but they are no more willing to bear the costs of trying…

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Rude behavior at work is increasing and affects the bottom line

January 30, 2013

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Research shows rudeness at work is rampant, and it’s on the rise. In 2011, half of the workers surveyed said they were treated rudely at…

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Chart of the Decade: Corporations are Pessimistic About Future Growth

January 30, 2013

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Ezra Klein posted this chart today showing the steady accumulation of corporate cash and reserves over the past 15 years. I'd like to nominate it…

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Why Mass Shootings Deserve Deeper Investigation

January 30, 2013

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After a Colorado movie theater was hit with ghastly gun violence last July, one of the first things we did at Mother Jones was contact…

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4 Freedoms in America That Don’t Exist Anymore

January 29, 2013

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If asked why we live in a great country, an American is likely to respond: “Because we are free.” Fortunately for the respondent, explanation is…

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The Uneven Progress of Equal Opportunity

January 28, 2013

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Lack of accountability has made it harder to chart the progress of equal opportunity in the workplace.]]>…

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Ecosystems at Risk as Demand for Wood Products Soars Worldwide

January 28, 2013

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By 2050, rising population and demand, as well as an increase in use of wood for bioenergy, could triple the amount of wood society takes…

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Boom in Mining Rare Earths Poses Mounting Toxic Risks

January 28, 2013

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The mining of rare earth metals, used in everything from smart phones to wind turbines, has long been dominated by China. But as mining of…

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The U.S. ranks 17th in educational performance

January 28, 2013

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According to the report, The Learning Curve, developed by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the United States ranks seventeenth out of forty countries ranked in overall…

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Twelve Years of the Public’s Top Priorities

January 28, 2013

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Interactive chart shows the top priorities for the president and Congress, as stated by the public over the last 12 years.

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The Health of Americans: It’s Worse Than You Think

January 27, 2013

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As part of CFR’s Renewing America initiative, we spend a lot of time looking at how well the United States is doing…

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The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy

January 27, 2013

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To avoid union opposition, the postwar temp industry exploited cultural ambivalence about middle-class white women's work. Then it became a model for corporate America.]]>…

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Enjoying Snow, While We Still Have It

January 27, 2013

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Scientists warn that future winters may be less white.]]>…

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Finally, the Swaggering Republicans Are Afraid

January 27, 2013

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Water for the Hungry First

January 27, 2013

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World Bank President On Climate Crisis: ‘If There Is No Action Soon, The Future Will Become Bleak’

January 27, 2013

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Jim Yong Kim Promises To Factor In Global Warming “With Every Investment We Make And Every Action We Take.” You may recall the shocking…

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The Tomorrow Majority

January 26, 2013

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The country isn't more liberal — but the center has moved, and Republicans have not.

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Currents: An Inaugural That Spelled Evolution

January 26, 2013

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The inauguration ceremony celebrated the transition to a country no longer lorded over by the white, the male, the heterosexual, the Protestant, the native-born and…

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Gay Lawmakers’ Growing Presence Suggests Shift in Attitudes

January 26, 2013

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The 113th Congress includes six openly gay and bisexual members in the House and a lesbian in the Senate, a significant change from the past.]]>…

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A Milestone Looms for Farm-Raised Fish

January 26, 2013

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Sometime very soon, the majority of the fish we eat will come from aquaculture rather than oceans.]]>…

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Why U.S. Income Inequality Is More Frightening Than Europe’s

January 26, 2013

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Income inequality is not a uniquely American problem. Over the past 30 years, it's surged across the developed world, driven by everything from the insane…

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“I got it wrong on climate change – it’s far, far worse.” — Nicholas Stern

January 26, 2013

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No more ’empty nest:’ middle-aged adults face family pressure on both sides

January 26, 2013

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The “empty nest” of past generations, in which the kids are grown up and middle-aged adults have more time to themselves, has been replaced in…

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Not Everyone is Living Longer

January 26, 2013

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On the Wall Street Journal op-ed page, Donald Boudreaux and Mark Perry argue that the middle class is doing better than we liberals think. They…

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2012 was a record year for worldwide crop insurance claims

January 26, 2013

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By Philip Bump We get so caught up in the economic damage wrought by Sandy that we forget the damage done…

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Has America Become An Authoritarian State?

January 26, 2013

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By Henry A. Giroux On the destruction of our democracy January 25, 2013 The debate in both Washington and the mainstream media over austerity measures,…

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The Great Migration

January 25, 2013

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As the winners of our meritocracy hold the reins of progressive power, they may struggle to mitigate the inequality their own ascendance has helped produce.]]>…

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Op-Ed Contributor: The Taliban of Timbuktu

January 24, 2013

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The war in Mali is not just about preventing terrorism; it’s a fight to defend a secular, tolerant society.]]>…

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The Five-Step Process to Cheat the Middle Class Worker

January 24, 2013

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It's so artfully done, and so diabolical, that one can picture secret seminars in subterranean Wall Street meeting rooms, guiding young business recruits in the…

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Southwest Faces Looming Threats From Climate Change

January 24, 2013

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The American Southwest, which is already the hottest and driest region of the nation, is likely to become even hotter and drier in the next…

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Risks of Hurricane Sandy-like Surge Events Rising

January 24, 2013

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The track of Hurricane Sandy was unprecedented in the historical record of North Atlantic Ocean Basin hurricanes, and its deadly storm surge — while exceedingly…

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Risk of lung cancer death has risen dramatically among women smokers in recent decades

January 24, 2013

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Female smokers have a much greater risk of death from lung cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease in recent years than did female smokers 20…

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Interview: Charting a New Course for America and the Environment

January 24, 2013

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Time magazine once called him the “ultimate insider,” and indeed Gus Speth has had a long career as an establishment environmentalist. And so it might…

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Why Old Age Could Kill American Unions

January 24, 2013

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Yesterday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the union membership rate in America continued its long, painful collapse in 2012, falling to 11.3 percent…

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American Prospect: Decline and Rebirth — Speth

January 23, 2013

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Ranking America: Are We Number 1?

January 23, 2013

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The tendency to puff ourselves up is a conspicuous and enduring symbol of our democracy.]]>…

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Nations are taking action on climate change

January 23, 2013

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Global talks may founder, but 32 of 33 major economies have now passed legislation to combat climate change or improve energy efficiency]]>…

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First Global Assessment of Land and Water ‘Grabbing’

January 22, 2013

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A new study provides the first global quantitative assessment of land and water “grabbing” for food production by wealthier nations in generally poorer countries.]]>…

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Type 1 diabetes in urban children skyrockets, increasing by 70% in children under age 5

January 22, 2013

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Over the past two decades, the incidence of type 1 diabetes in very young children under age 5 has increased by 70 percent in the…

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